These photos are from last May when I visited Portland, the City of Roses. I visited two rose gardens: The Peninsula Park and the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park. The day was warm and sunny and perfect for strolling through the gardens. It was early in May, and not all of the rose varieties were in bloom. Mid May to the end of May might be a better target time for a visit.
I was very impressed with the Peninsula Park garden and how well it is maintained. The design of the garden is wonderful and the fountain in the center is refreshing. The feeling is open and while you can take in the whole garden overview, you can also walk the paths and look at the flowers individually. And ….
…the International Rose Test Garden is amazing! Its hard to decide which roses were my favorites. How to choose-by color, form, scent? I’ve included just a few of the roses here.
This garden is very large with a several levels and areas to explore. Its a great place to spend a few hours, especially on a sunny day- next time I go I plan to bring a picnic.